Manchester City footballer Kyle Walker has landed himself in a soup after reports claimed he flouted the coronavirus lockdown instructions a day before posting a video message in which he appealed the general public to follow social distancing. Also Read - Global COVID-19 Cases Cross 5.5 Million Mark, Death Toll Stands at 346,000
Walker allegedly hosted two escorts at his rented flat last Tuesday alongside one of his unnamed friend. Also Read - After 'Modi Aarti', This BJP MLA Wants to Build a 'Modi Temple' With the PM's Idol; Says 'I Worship Him'
The defender apologised on Sunday for letting people down. Also Read - Prakash Raj Helps 44 Migrant Workers Reach Their Home, Says 'I am Not Done Yet'
“I want to take this opportunity to issue a public apology for the choices I made last week, which have resulted in a story [on Sunday] about my private life in a tabloid newspaper,” Walker said in a statement. “I understand that my position as a professional footballer brings the responsibility of being a role model. As such, I want to apologise to my family, friends, football club, supporters and the public for letting them down.”
“There are heroes out there making a vital difference to society at the moment, and I have been keen to help support and highlight their amazing sacrifices and life-saving work over the past week. My actions in this matter are in direct contrast to what I should have been doing regarding the lockdown and I want to reiterate the message: Stay home, stay safe,” the statement read.
City, on their part, said Walker’s action are in direct contravention of the efforts being undertaken to contain the spread of coronavirus and an internal disciplinary action will be taken in the coming days.
“Our staff and players have been working to support the incredible efforts of the NHS (National Health Service) and other key workers in fighting the effects of the COVID-19 coronavirus in any way we can. Kyle’s actions in this matter have directly contravened these efforts,” a statement from the club read.
“We are disappointed to hear the allegations, note Kyle’s swift statement and apology, and will be conducting an internal disciplinary procedure in the coming days.”